Fall Clean Up and Construction

I am not much of a writer. I read all of these amazing blogs written by flower farmers and think: wow I want to write something like that! I want to put into words what I experience on the farm. Our struggles and triumphs, our dirty farm work and creative design work. I envy people who can take an ordinary experience like tilling a field and turn it into this entertaining event that people can’t get enough of. How do they do that? Even though we are passionate about flower farming, planting seeds, and arranging flowers I can’t seem to translate these things into words like they can. I guess I will keep working on my writing skills, but in the meantime thanks for reading and try not to fall asleep :)…

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My little brother helping mow down the remaining snapdragons and weeds.

It’s official, fall is here and there is a lot of work to do. I can’t decide if I want to keep harvesting flowers as long as possible or if I want Jack Frost to arrive and wipe out the flower patch. We are just a little exhausted with it all and in our defense it has been unusually warm for this time of year. I just cant bring myself to tear out the dahlias when they have blooms staring me in the face.

Some of our flowers have succumbed to downy mildew and I don’t mind ripping them out. We are clearing a spot for our new hoop house and I can’t wait for it to be done. I have wanted a greenhouse for a long time, but I never really had a reason to have one…. until now! (insert evil laugh) We are building a more economical version of a greenhouse called a hoop house because we have two babies and pampers are expensive. The structure is really quite simple. You take metal pipe and bend it into large half circles or hoops. The hoops are then placed every 5′ with re-bar stakes for support. Greenhouse plastic is stretched over the hoops to create a tunnel structure and its all held down with straps of bailing twine. It sounds kind of ghetto when I explain it, but it is really an ingenious idea. The structure can be moved if needed without too much hassle. Ours will be 12′ x 50′ but most are built to be 12′ x 100′.  The larger they are the better they are at retaining heat. It’s simple physics… (I don’t understand any of it).

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Here is a perfect example of how diverse flower farming is. On the left we are cutting re-bar for the hoop house and on the right we are cutting dahlias for a wedding bouquet, both in the same day.


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